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Good point. The Cardinals wouldn't have scored 16 extra points.

and if the offensive line had given Turner time to catch the ball we would have gone to overtime. Turnovers happen... we were in that game. Ryan hurt us in this game with his, but other things hurt us too. Why can't you see that?

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You're showing either a lack of intelligence or an agenda. Which is it?

On a underthrown ball (and, yes I admitted it was a misthrow) a WR is SUPPOSED to bat the ball away. That is fundamental football that is taught at an early age. A receiver cannot expect a perfect throw and must either catch the ball or make sure no one else does. IT IS HIS JOB!! Roddy has failed to do this multiple times this year. Look, Roddy is great, but this is a weakness in his game he needs to work on.

I'm not disputing the fact that the WR is supposed to bat the ball away. But the ball Ryan threw was so underthrown that it would have been nearly impossible for any WR to bat the ball away.

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I'm not disputing the fact that the WR is supposed to bat the ball away. But the ball Ryan threw was so underthrown that it would have been nearly impossible for any WR to bat the ball away.

Okay, fair enough. But though it would have been tough, it is Roddy's responsibility to make the play (he overran the throw and he should have went up hard to challenge the DB). The thing is, he's done this all year long. This is an area he needs to address in the off season. Again, I'm not excusing Ryan's throw, but Roddy shares responsibility here as well.

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I guess we are all still sort of recovering from the shock that DJ Shockley did NOT get the starting nod after four weeks as football-knowledgeable posters had warned us he would.

I warned you guys about Ryan's impending poor performance. Anybody could have foreseen that Ryan had hit the rookie wall and was going to continue to buckle under pressure.

http://life.atlantafalcons.com/index.php?s...p;#entry4341725

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Matt Ryan also threw the ball too late and completely under threw the receiver. If you watched the play, White had a step or two on DRC. Ryan way under throws the ball and any receiver would have a tough time making a play on it. Also, DRC is 6'2 and White is 6'0. At best, White could have only batted the ball down.

You just dis credited your ENTIRE THREAD.

Quoting Collinsworth is Beyond the Pale.

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In the 2008-2009 season, the Atlanta Falcons exceeded expectations with a 11-5 record and a playoff birth. Part of the reason why the Falcons have been successful is because of the exceptional play rookie quarterback Matt Ryan has exhibited. Throughout the season, Ryan has thrown pass after pass that many thought only veterans could make. He has been crucial to the quick turnaround of the Atlanta Falcons, giving the city something to cheer for after the tumultuous season last year.

However, while the Falcons have been good, they can go only as far as Matt Ryan will take them. When Matt Ryan does good, the team does good and wins. When Ryan does bad, the team also struggles. This is especially evident in today's game against the Cardinals in which Ryan's lackluster play led to a loss. Ryan accounted for four turnovers, and three resulted in Cardinal scores, which gave the Cardinals an insurmountable lead.

Matt Ryan's struggles were not unforeseen. Whether it be the dreaded rookie 'wall' or the even more infamous Decemberitis (think Tony Romo), something went awry with Ryan's hot start. Prior to December, Ryan threw for 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He also had a completion % of 63.2 and a QB rating of 92.6. In the four December games he has played, Matt Ryan has passed for only three touchdowns while throwing five interceptions. He has also fumbled the ball 4 times during this stretch of games. In fact, in the last game against the Rams, which many considered a walkover, Ryan completed a meager 47.6% of his passes.

He continued his spotty play today, in which he helped contribute to 16 Cardinals points.

But then again, Matt Ryan is just a rookie, and there will be bumps in his career path. What remains to be seen though, is how he will do next year. Will he step out of his rookie shell and consistently perform well in his games? Or is this year's December woes a precedent as to what may come?

Next year will be a lot tougher though. The Falcons will have to play the NFC East, AFC East, and NFC South, which field 10 opponents with a record of .500 or above. The Falcons will also probably play the Bears and the 49ers, which had 9-7 and 7-9 records respectively. In total, the opponents next year had a combined 150 wins this year.

PS I want to work at AJC ;)

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Next year will be a lot tougher though. The Falcons will have to play the NFC East, AFC East, and NFC South, which field 10 opponents with a record of .500 or above. The Falcons will also probably play the Bears and the 49ers, which had 9-7 and 7-9 records respectively. In total, the opponents next year had a combined 150 wins this year.

Didn't the East play the West this season? Which had only one team out of 8 with a winning record, and that was 9-7...

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